A Turkish delegation visit on 22 and 23 May 2019 led by Vice-Minister for Environment and Urbanization Prof. Mehmet E. Birpinar to the International Conference on Climate Action (ICCA) in Heidelberg was co-organised and accompanied by the EE in Public Buildings project. ICCA was attended by some 1,000 representatives from over 100 countries ranging from national and regional ministries, local authorities, urban networks, associations, research and the private sector.
One main outcome of ICCA is the Partnership Declaration on Collaborative Climate Action across all levels of government. National, regional and local authorities as well as international urban networks have committed in this declaration to more cooperation, communication and support in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and have drafted priority actions accordingly. A special emphasis remains on buildings that account for roughly a third of worldwide emissions.
ICCA was hosted by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) together with the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg and the City of Heidelberg. German Minister for the Environment Svenja Schulze welcomed Vice-Minister Birpinar in a bilateral meeting. Both ministers delivered speeches in the plenary sessions of the conference.
The conference highlighted once again the importance for national governments to create national framework conditions that allow cities and municipalities to help and involve them in their endeavour for climate action, sustainable development and contributions to reach the <1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement.
No 1: Project for Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings in Turkey, © GIZ
No 2&3: ©BMU, S.Hilgers